September 2011 News Articles

Grote Encourages Students to Prepare for Adversity

September 28, 2011—Doug Grote said he was right where he wanted to be in life. He fit right in at his college of about 1,500 students, studied youth ministry and met his future wife. Later, he was youth pastor at a church in Ohio, learning how to baptize people, officiate weddings and funerals and launch his…

Harman Selected for International Review Board

September 26, 2011—Dr. Keith Harman, professor of business at OBU, recently was selected as a member of the International Review Board for the June 2012 Informing Science Institute Annual Conference in Montreal, Canada. Each year, 20-30 people are chosen for the position, but the same people are not always…

Nursing Professor Provides Education in Myanmar

September 26, 2011—Karen Cotter, OBU assistant professor of nursing, recently went on a mission trip to Myanmar in Southeast Asia with a goal to educate underprivileged students in the field of nursing. Cotter made her journey to the city of Yangon June 2-14. She joined up with an organization called Global…

Students Tackle Fall Intramural Sports

September 22, 2011—While the return of varsity football is still two years away on Bison Hill, OBU students have embraced the gridiron season with overwhelming participation in flag football, among other fall intramural sports. Matching the soaring enrollment for the freshmen class, a larger-than-normal number…

Freshman Class Enrollment Soars

September 21, 2011—OBU freshman enrollment soared to a 15-year high for the 2011 fall semester with a total of 476 first-time freshmen. OBU's headcount enrollment of 1,871 students for the fall semester is a significant gain over the fall 2010 total of 1,777 students. The 2011 overall enrollment figure is the…

Speaker Shares Good News for All People

September 21, 2011—Just as retailers in the current tight economy already are turning people's attention to Christmas, Dr. Alex Himaya directed OBU students to consider God's announcement of Christ's birth during a chapel service Wednesday, Sept. 21. Himaya, senior pastor of The Church at Battle Creek in Tulsa,…

New Bisonette History Book Available

September 19, 2011—OBU has released the latest edition in its Centennial Book series, "O Sing Unto the Lord: A History of the Bisonettes -- the Other Glee Club," by Jack Pearson, which follows the 92-year history of women's glee clubs on Bison Hill. The book traces the development of OBU's women's glee clubs…

OBU Elects Student Government Senators, Freshman Officers

September 16, 2011—OBU's Student Government Association conducted annual elections for the freshman class presidency and new senatorial positions on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Adam Cribbs, from Macomb, Okla., and Jose Carrillo, from Eakly, Okla., won the offices of president and vice president for the Class of 2015.…

Students Encouraged to Serve during GO Week

September 16, 2011—During Global Outreach Week -- or "GO Week" -- at OBU Sept. 12-16,students heard three challenging chapel messages. GO Week is a concerted effort to mobilize OBU students to engage in missions endeavors. Dr. Bruce Carlton, professor of applied ministry and director of the Avery T. Willis…

Students Remember 9/11

September 16, 2011—The OBU Art Department recently sponsored a remembrance event for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, inviting OBU students to draw from their memories of Sept. 11, 2001. After a chapel service on Sept. 7, students were given response cards with questions on them. Students were…

OBU Ranks as Exclusive Oklahoma 'Best Value' on U.S. News List

September 13, 2011—OBU has been ranked as the only Oklahoma college or university on U.S.News & World Report's annual ranking of "Great Schools, Great Prices" for 2012. OBU also has been listed as Oklahoma's highest-ranked college in "Best Regional Colleges" for the 18th consecutive year. OBU has made the news…

Evangelical Scholar Discusses 'Baptists and Enlightenment'

September 9, 2011—Dr. David Bebbington addressed the OBU community Friday, Sept. 9, about how Baptist ideals were affected by the Enlightenment, explaining that "enlightenment" referred to an approach of central thought and reason, tied closely to empiricism. Bebbington, a professor at the University of…

Kelly Defines 'Pursuit of God' as Ultimate Quest

September 7, 2011—Struggling with an extremely hoarse voice, Dr. Bobby Kelly told OBU students, faculty and staff that he felt the frustration of wanting to sing to God, but was unable to voice his worship -- not totally unlike a person's desire to fill the insatiable quest of knowing the very presence of…

Fall Chapels Discuss 'Pursuit of God'

September 2, 2011—During the fall 2011 semester, students at OBU will hear a variety of speakers bring messages on the current chapel theme, "The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine," based on the classic book by Christian author A.W. Tozer. All chapel services begin at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel's…

Purin Earns Doctorate in Music Theory

September 2, 2011—Peter Purin, assistant professor of music theory at OBU, has completed the requirements for his Ph.D. in music theory from The University of Kansas in Lawrence. Purin will graduate in December. Purin's dissertation is titled "'I've a Voice, I've a Voice': Determining Stephen Sondheim's…